The Cleveland Script Signs are one of Cleveland, Ohio’s most popular photo-ops. Created and installed by the folks at Destination Cleveland, these signs are placed at strategic, photogenic locations spanning from East to West Side and Downtown. There’s even one at the airport to welcome visitors to town. I will take you through how to find them and share info on parking, the neighborhood, and anything you need to know to get the best photos you can.
cleveland Script Sign – North Coast Harbor
If you only have time to visit one script sign I recommend the one in the most central location to Downtown Cleveland. Not only will you have the script sign, but there’s also 360 degrees of amazing views. Once you get your script sign photos, take a look around you. Behind the sign is the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Downtown Cleveland, to your right is the Science Center, our football stadium, and the William B. Mather ship and museum, keep turning and behind you is Voinovich Park – a large grassy park that leads to a great view of the lake. Walk across the park and you’ll have an amazing, mostly unobstructed view of Lake Erie. Keep looking around and you’ll see some new development on the pier – a Mexican restaurant called Nuevo, some new apartment construction, an airport and then you’ll be back at your original view. Lots to see and do.
This is my favorite sign to photograph as the background is always so dramatic and this area in general has a lot of photo ops. If you only had time to get one of these signs photographed while in town I would suggest this one.
Address: North Coast Harbor, E 9th Street Pier,
Cleveland, OH 44114
How to get there: Once Downtown, head North on E.9th Street and just keep going. Soon you’ll reach the end where the E. 9th Street Pier and North Coast Harbor begin.
Parking: Paid parking lot on the pier, meter parking on the street near the pier and First Energy Stadium. There’s a parking garage a short walk away and the RTA public transit down the street. Lyft and Uber are also abundant in the area.
Cleveland Script Sign – Abbey Overlook
Just South of Cleveland near the historic neighborhood of Tremont is the Abbey Overlook Cleveland Script Sign. This location has an incredible view of the Cleveland skyline, bridges, and offers a very industrial view as a backdrop. Depending on the weather and the season the backdrop has a totally different view.
Learn more about the Tremont Neighborhood with my Tremont Neighborhood Guide
In the evening the area is lit up pretty well from light posts and the bridge just out of the photo to the right. You can catch some beautiful sunset skies here in the evening or try for a night shot with the city lights.
This sign is at the corner of the neighborhoods of Tremont and Ohio City. Both are popular neighborhoods and are generally safe but you are still in the city so use the same precautions you would while exploring any major city.
Depending on the season, there is tall grass blocking this sign from the street. If you are shooting at night, the bridge just to the right has extremely (and obnoxiously) bright lights beaming on the sides which can cause some light glare in your photos.
Address: 1430 Abbey Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44113
How to get there: From downtown, take 90 East to Abbey Ave. exit and turn left. From Ohio City find the West Side Market on W.25th Street and Lorain. Take Lorain, turn right on W.24th Street then left on Abbey Ave and keep going straight. From Tremont – depends where you are but head North to University Road or Abbey.
Parking: There’s a free parking lot directly across the street under the bridge.
Tip: The parking lot across the street under the bridge is free. Please use it. There are often people stopping in the street in front of the sign and this is not a parking area and in a high traffic spot that may make it dangerous.
Cleveland Script Sign – The Foundry
The Cleveland Script Sign behind The Foundry took me a few passes to find. It’s nestled behind the Foundry building right near the shore of the Cuyahoga River making this sign more of a hidden gem. You can get a fantastic skyline view of the city from here including several of the more unique bridges.
This sign is in the Flats district, which is an entertainment district that borders the Cuyahoga River. The street that this sign is located on has a very industrial feeling and the area can feel a little spooky at night. There are dozens of photo-ops in the general area so if you are visiting this sign you can get some tremendous industrial town photographs.
Address: The Foundry, 1831 Columbus Rd., Cleveland, 44113
How to get there: From Ohio City find Franklin and drive down the hill to Columbus Road and turn left. Cross the green bridge and you’ll be looking on your left. Once you find The Foundry you’ll get a glimpse of the sign but it’s very easy to miss from the street. From Downtown enter the East Bank of the flats and find Columbus Road. Head West and the sign will be on your left.
Parking: Street parking and if available you may be able to park quickly in the Foundry lot.
Cleveland Script Sign – Euclid Beach Park
One of the more recent Cleveland Script Sign to be installed is in the Euclid Beach Park area. This is the only sign on the East Side of Cleveland and the only one that is on a beach. This one took us a few tries to find as we aren’t as familiar with the East Side.
There are two park entrances and to get to the part of the park with the sign you’ll want to take the entrance that is further East. You won’t see the sign from the parking lot but you will notice a wooden bridge that leads you across where the Euclid Creek lets out into Lake Erie. Once you cross the bridge you will see the area the sign is in and can enter the beach, too.
This sign is located in a larger park system than it is in a neighborhood. You’ll have plenty of nature to enjoy as you explore the beach and wooded area surrounding it. The area is generally safe and you should look up park hours as it is often closed at 10 pm.
Address: 16301 Lakeshore Blvd,
Cleveland, OH 44110
How to get there: From Downtown take I90 East to OH-283 E/Lakeshore Blvd exit 179. Continue until you see the Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation Wildwood Park and drive down the windy park road until you get to the parking lot. You’ll walk west till you see a small bridge where you’ll find the sign. I can’t find an exact address but the one listed above is what comes up in search.
Parking: There’s a free lot within the park a short walk away from the sign.
Cleveland Script Sign – Upper Edgewater Beach
My second favorite location is the Cleveland Script Sign in Upper Edgewater Beach. I love this sign because you get an incredible view of the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie shoreline. During the day you can get some great views but expect a lot of visitors that may be in your way. My favorite time to be there is during sunset where you’ll see some of the most breathtakingly colorful skies as the sun sets off to the left of the sign.
This sign is in the Cleveland Metroparks and there is a lot of green space to spread out and have picnics, play, and walk around and enjoy nature and the lake. This area is generally safe and the park closes at 11 pm.
All these shots were taken with an iPhone, however, if you can shoot with a DSLR you can have fun experimenting with lenses. Want Cleveland’s skyline to look larger than life? Try a telephoto lens which will help compress the background and make it appear closer. Even moving just slightly around can change the whole perspective of this sign. Have fun, especially if you’re a local who just can’t help but photograph it every time you are near.
Address: Upper Edgewater Dr,
Cleveland, OH 44102
How to get there: This sign is located in Upper Edgewater Park not to be mistaken for Edgewater Beach. To get here from Downtown take the Shoreway/ OH 2 West taking the West Blvd. exit toward Lake Avenue. West Blvd. turns slightly right and becomes Upper Edgewater Drive. From the West take Clifton Blvd to West Blvd. and follow directions above.
Parking: There are free lots throughout the park.
Tip: This location is one of the most popular locations and you will find that it’s often packed with people rotating in and out to get their shots. Try coming earlier in the morning or later in the evening for a less crowed experience.
Cleveland Hopkins International airport Sign
Last but not least, the final Cleveland Script Sign is located in the baggage claim area of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. If you are taking the escalator down to the baggage claim, you will take a left and walk all the way to the end to find the sign. This is a great photo-op for visitors who may not have time to visit the other locations.
Address: 5300 Riverside Dr.,
How to get there: This sign is located near baggage claim in the Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Parking: Airport parking
Thanks to Destination Cleveland for adding these signs all around town!
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